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Marcela Joachimstaler is a wide-ranging musician and pedagogue with musical experiences throughout the US and Mexico. She came to Kentucky in 2010 from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and is currently teaching in the WKU Pre-College Strings Program in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In addition to teaching the violin, Marcela has vast experience and training in musical production (recording, engineering, and producing), keyboard performing, and ensemble direction.
Before moving to Kentucky, she taught Suzuki Violin at the Suzuki de San Miguel de Allende from 2000 to 2010. She previously taught violin and piano at Centro de Investigación y Estudios Musicales (CIEM) in Mexico City, violin at the elementary school Atabal and the kindergarten Jardín de niños Carrusel in San Miguel de Allende, and general music at the elementary school Colegio Peterson in Mexico City.
She began her musical studies at the age of 13 on piano and violin at CIEM in Mexico City under the program’s founder, Dr. María Antonieta Lozano. She went on to study violin with Jacek Cygan, David Mallory, Victoria Hort, and Libby Clemens.
Marcela has taught children as young as 9 months old to adults over 60 and is a registered Suzuki teacher in Early Childhood Education 1, with Maria Luisa Labarthe, Suzuki Philosophy with Caroline Fraser, Suzuki Books 1 and 3 with Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Suzuki Book 2 with Sandy Reuning, and Violin Practicum with Edmund Sprunger. Since 2017, Marcela has received training in violin pedagogy with Dr. Ching-Yi Lin, director of Western Kentucky University Pre-College Strings Program in Bowling Green, KY.
Marcela believes that music can instill positive values into the hearts of children. Perseverance, diligence, resilience, tolerance, tenacity, patience, commitment, confidence, and purposefulness are some of the virtues that music teaches to children. Marcela seeks to fulfill Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s dream of raising children with beautiful hearts for a better world. And what a wonderful way to do it through learning to make beautiful music, the universal language.
In addition to teaching, Marcela has extensive experience in musical production. She earned a Diploma in Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has worked at the recording studio Estudio 19 (Mexico City) and as an engineer and producer at Hit Records (San Miguel de Allende). She has produced recordings of her musical education programs and other children's music programs, including Paul Voudouris’s Emilia’s Notebook. During her time in Mexico City, her performances with the group Flor de Metal were broadcast on the television station Canal 11 and various national radio stations.
Marcela Joachimstaler is fluent in English and Spanish.
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